Labour market organisations adopt alcohol programme
At the end of May, all central labour market organisations entered into a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in support of the government’s new alcohol programme. The programme aims to cut the harm caused by alcohol abuse.
The cooperation agreement brings onboard national, municipal, church-based and private sector employer and employee organisations to promote the development of a workplace culture encouraging the prevention of alcohol-related problems. The agreement supports the use of early intervention methods in occupational health and up to date treatment guidelines.
Workplaces are often unprepared for dealing with employees’ alcohol problems. The labour market organisations aim to promote the alcohol programme and through their partnership agreement adopt a more open approach to handling alcohol problems in the workplace. The central labour market organisations have also announced that they will negotiate a new private sector treatment guideline agreement, replacing the one introduced in the 1970s.